Organizations

Information Updated March 2020

4-H

4-H is a youth development organization for youth in kindergarten through one year past high school, which works to foster life skills in its members, generally focusing on leadership, citizenship, and community service. 4-H is the largest out-of-school youth organization in the United States with more than 7 million youth members. Wright County currently has more than 600 4-H members & over 160 adult leaders. 4-H offers a special Cloverbud program for youth in grades kindergarten through second grade. Wright County has 18 clubs throughout the county. 4-H clubs generally conduct monthly meetings, giving youth an opportunity to make new friends and learn about topics they are interested in. Wright County 4-H also hosts various events throughout the year, including overnight & day camps, project workshops, community service projects, bringing projects to the county fair, horse clinics, learning various shooting sports, exchange trips and much more.

There are currently two 4-H clubs in the Delano area.

• Franklin Friends 4-H Club: Meets the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Citizen’s State Bank of Montrose. Contact club leader Tiara Paulus 763-257-2743 or Leif Pederson 612-554-1632 for more information.

• Willing Workers 4-H Club: Meets the first Monday of the month at 6:20 p.m. at Delano United Methodist, 3310 County Line Rd SE.  Contact club leader Brenda Schaffer 952-221-4800 for more information.

Big Woods Garden Club

The Big Woods Garden Club, which was founded in 2002, serves the areas of western Hennepin, Wright, and northern Carver counties.

Meetings are generally the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m., with approximately seven meetings per year; no December, January or February meetings. Meeting dates, times, and locations may change depending on events and opportunities. Meetings consist of guest speakers on various gardening topics, garden craft projects, garden tours, an annual dinner, and a holiday party. One to two meetings per year are open to the public.

The club currently has approximately 30 members, and Jane Horns is president.

Individual membership dues are $15 per year and are pro-rated for one-half of the year.

The purpose of the organization is to provide a variety of gardening-related educational programs; plant, install, and assist in maintaining local community plantings to enhance the beauty of cities, towns, parks, and open spaces; raise awareness and funds for community garden programs and efforts; and provide a social environment where individuals interested in gardening can meet and exchange ideas.

Special events or projects include the BWGC plant sale in May, which will take place Saturday, May 30, and the annual garden tour, which will take place  Saturday, July 11.  Both are for the community at large.

Other projects include a booth at the Delano Expo, Adopt-a-Highway, and an annual community planting project in addition to the monthly educational programs and demonstrations at the meetings

For more information, email Jackie Young at rite2jackie@yahoo.com or call Jane Horns at 612-209-6670.

Delano American Legion

The Delano American Legion Post 377 was first founded in 1919 and chartered in 1924. The current commander is Jeremy Christenson and the first vice commander and membership director is Ken Beamish. The adjutant is Mike Brandenburg, finance officer Tim Falde, Sergeant at Arms Carl Janzen, and chaplain Joel Branis. Post 377 is actively involved with the following projects: Delano Fourth of July Celebration; Memorial Day; Veterans Day; veterans’ funerals; Legion Baseball; Girls and Boys State; essay scholarship contest; and a variety of other activities that support Americanism education, veterans, and children and youth. The Post holds regular meetings on the first Monday of the month.

There are more than 500 members in the Legion Family which includes: Post 377, the Delano American Legion Auxiliary, President Tracey Gurneau; the Delano Sons of the American Legion (SAL), President Brian Blowers; and American Legion Riders, Director Stephen Garrison.

This is a very active post, not only in the community, but also in the district. The organization had two past district commanders and three district presidents.

If anyone wants to join any of the three groups, they may call the Delano American Legion at 763-972-2969. More information can also be found at www.delanoamericanlegion.org. or find it on Facebook.

If you meet a vet, thank him or her. More information can also be found at www.delanoamericanlegion.org or find it on Facebook.

Delano Area Chamber of Commerce

See the Delano Area Chamber of Commerce page in this book.

Delano Area Community Foundation

The Delano Area Community Foundation was founded in 1997 to start an endowment for the Delano area. Its mission is to enhance the quality of life for the Delano are community through grants and initiatives. It offers an excellent opportunity for any person to make lasting contributions to the Delano area, both as a board member or a donor. Donations are tax-deductible. Its goal is to connect with those who share our lifetime passion for the people and community of Delano. Its donors are as varied as the community it serves.

Led by president, Sarah Hellmich, the foundation meets three to four times a year. It awards financial grants to 501(c)(3) organizations with projects to make Delano a wonderful place to live. It has sponsored projects for the Delano Senior Center, Community Ed, and community-wide Old-Fashioned Christmas. The 2020 grant application period will be open Sept. 7-Oct. 24. The board is always looking for more community members to join the team. For more information, or if interested in joining as a board member, call 763-226-1799 or email sarah.hellmich@me.com. For more information at delanocf.org Together, we can achieve a brighter future for our children and grandchildren.

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Delano Area Council for Arts and Culture

Delano Area Council for Arts and Culture began in 2009 to promote collaboration and provide support to other community arts and cultural organizations.  Its Mission is: Empower people to think, work and live creatively through arts and cultural experiences. It provides art and cultural events for all ages.

A major annual event is Delano Old-Fashioned Christmas.  It is a day filled with arts and crafts, musical performances, drama, and food. An outdoor market and boutiques located in the downtown area help support local organizations, artisans, local restaurants, and small home based businesses. With activities for all ages, this event brings the community together to kick off the Christmas season.

The City of Delano and the Arts Council established the Highway 12 Sculpture Park in May 2007. The Arts Council is actively looking for local artists to submit proposals for additional sculptures.

The DACAC supports the Delano Community Band, which performs concerts around town, including at the 4th of July celebration. Anyone who has ever played an instrument and would like to get started again is invited to join the band.  For information on how to join the band or support the band, visit the website at delanocommunityband.org or visit the Delano Community Band facebook page.

The Sidewalk Art contest is organized and staffed by Arts Council members for Delano’s 4th of July Family Day.

“Spark Art” is a project to recognize local artists and bring art to the downtown area, sponsored by the Delano Park and Recreation Commission and the Arts Council.

The Arts Council is always looking for new members.  Members don’t have to be artists, but just need to appreciate the value that the arts has on the community. Anyone interested in joining the council or helping with events should contact Deb DeBeer at 612-636-3618 or Sarah Hellmich at 763-226-1799. Visit the Delano Area Council for Arts and Culture Facebook for current community art and cultural events or go to the website, delanomnarts.org.  Watch for new events, projects and collaborations from this group.

Delano Athletic Club

The Delano Athletic Club was founded in 1948 by Father Handzel, Perry Ditty, Valentine “Dutch” Styrbicky, and Fred Parsons. The organization’s main purpose is to help improve local baseball facilities and support youth and adult athletic programs.

The DAC has spearheaded capital improvement projects at both Delano Municipal Baseball Park and Dave Zitzloff Field. This includes contributing more than $500,000 in funding, materials, and donated labor.

In addition, Athletic Club members take care of the majority of field maintenance at these two ballparks. Besides providing the free labor, the DAC purchases its own maintenance machinery, equipment, and tools. This includes lawn mowers, utility vehicles, blowers, hedge trimmers, weed whips, field drags, tarps, rakes, shovels, and more.

Due in large part to the leadership of the Delano Athletic Club, Delano Municipal Baseball Park has earned a reputation as one of best amateur ballparks around. Special recognition the ballpark has received includes:

Minnesota High School Field of the Year in 2013

Midwest Region Field of the Year in 2014

Finalist for National High School Field of the Year in 2014

Named the No. 1 Town Team Ballpark in Minnesota in a 2019 year-end Top 100 Ballpark countdown by baseball enthusiast Bob Greeley

Delano earned bids to host the Minnesota State Amateur Baseball Tournament in 1975, 1984, 1997, 2013, and 2019. In addition, Delano hosted a St. Paul Saints game in 2012 and the 2016 Minnesota American Legion State Baseball Tournament.

Besides hosting more than 100 baseball games annually, Delano Municipal Baseball Park serves as the hub of multiple community activities and has hosted events such as:

Delano 4th of July Royalty Coronation

Relay for Life Opening Ceremonies

Laser Light Show

Movies in the Park

Local Church Services

Kids’ Night at the Ballpark

As a community nonprofit organization comprised of about 20 active volunteers, the Delano Athletic Club always welcomes new members. For more information or any questions, please contact Steve Eilen at 612-710-8865, Jeff Janzen at 952-270-6612, or Joe Schleper at 612-859-7342.

Delano Boy Scout Troop 273

The Delano Boy Scout Troop 273 was founded in 1928, and the local pack was started in 1940.

The purpose of the organization is to provide an educational program for boys and young adults to build character and leadership skills.

There are about 45 members in the organization, which meets Mondays in the community room above the Heritage Center or at the Delano American Legion from 7 to 8:15 p.m. The first Monday of the month is Patrol Leader Council from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by the adult leader/interested parent meeting from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. This boy-led troop empowers boys to be leaders by allowing them to develop a troop program and then take responsibility for figuring out how to achieve their goals. They accomplish this by electing a senior patrol leader and then organizing into groups of patrols under the guidance of the scoutmaster.

The troop camps or overnights  each month and does high adventure trips such as mountain treks in New Mexico and seabase ocean trips in Florida, and other activities. Special projects or events include highway cleanups, the Fourth of July pop stand, wreath sales, and camping trips.

Anyone over the age of 11 interested in joining is invited to visit any meeting. Visit delano273.mytroop.us/ for more information.

Delano Climate Group

The Delano Climate Group is a newly formed gathering of Minnesotans seeking to activate our communities to take action on the climate crisis we now face. The group is connecting with other organizations such as MN350 and local faith communities to confront this crisis with the realities of science and principles of justice. The group meets monthly, usually on Monday evenings, at the 221 Common House in Delano. To join the email list or learn more about the group, contact Logan Rieder (loganrieder45@gmail.com) or Nikki Nau (nikki@openairconcepts.com)

Delano Community Band

The Delano Community band is an all-volunteer, inter-generational group based in Delano, and is supported by the Delano Area Council for Arts and Culture. The band was established in November 2017.

The Delano Community Band is open to area youth and adult musicians of all experience levels. Its goal is to provide a recreational, social, educational, and musical outlet for its members.

The band rehearses 7-8:30 p.m. each Tuesday in the Delano High School band room. Amy Johnson is the project director. David Hood is the conductor.

Mission: To provide musical growth, development, and performance opportunities for amateur instrumentalists and bring musical enrichment to Delano and surrounding communities

Goals:

• To promote the value of music in education and in the community

• To offer the opportunity for area musicians to perform and maintain their valuable skills

• To provide musical encouragement and performance opportunities for musicians to continue developing musical skills and talents by playing in a community band outside of formal educational environments.

To learn more, email admin@delanocommunityband.org, visit delanocommunityband.org, or call Amy Johnson at 763-331-8282.

Planned shows for 2020: ; summer concert in the park, to coincide with Delano’s 4th of July festival; Nov. 21 anniversary concert at the Delano Performing Arts Center; Christmas/holiday concert, to coincide with the annual Old-Fashioned Christmas celebration.

Delano Cub Scout Pack 273

The Delano Cub Scout Pack 273 was founded in 1950. Cub Scouts is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade.

The purpose of the organization is to provide an educational program for children to build their quality of character, to train in the responsibilities of participating as a citizen, and to develop personal fitness. Personal fitness includes physical, mental, and emotional fitness.

There are about 70 scouts and 10 adult leaders in the organization, which usually meets the last Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church.  Individual dens meet separately twice a month as well to work on achievements.

Special projects or events include Scouting for Food, Memorial Day parade, Fourth of July parade, youth overnight camping, Pinewood Derby Races, day camps, Blue and Gold Banquet, and Crow River Clean-up.

Each year in September there is a special signup night for youth interested in joining the Scouting program, known as School Night for Scouting, or they can join Scouts at any time throughout the year.

For more information, contact Cubmaster Rob Gruba at Pack273Delano@gmail.com, or Pack Committee Chair Kelly Johnson at kellyjohnsoncoaching@gmail.com.  Please visit sites.google.com/site/delanocubscouts/ for more information on Scouting or search for “Pack 273 Delano” on Facebook.

Delano Ducks Unlimited

Ducks Unlimited (DU) is the world’s leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation.

DU got its start in 1937 during the Dust Bowl when North America’s drought-plagued waterfowl populations had plunged to unprecedented lows. Determined not to sit idly by as the continent’s waterfowl dwindled beyond recovery, a small group of sportsmen joined together to form an organization that became known as Ducks Unlimited. Its mission: habitat conservation.

The local chapter hosts a banquet each fall. For additional information on the Delano chapter, call Galen Hayes at 612-685-3779, Bryan Baumann at 952-955-2223,  Jeff Graunke at 763-442-5939, or Chairman Cory Cederberg at 763-972-2540.

Delano Farmers Market

The market is located on the corner of Highway 12 and County Line Road in the Flippin’ Bills parking lot. It is open May through October, Wednesdays, from 2 to 6 p.m.

The Delano Farmers Market allows local farmers to bring the freshest, locally-grown produce and other products. One may find fresh produce, breads, fruits, jams, honey, homemade pies, maple syrup, eggs, beef and chicken products, fresh salsa, fresh flowers, and handcrafted items. Watch for seasonal fruits and vegetables.

One booth is available for Delano non-profit organizations to raise awareness or money for their organization.

For more information, call Deb Hoen, market manager, at 763- 238-2702.

Delano Fourth of July Committee, Inc.

The purpose of the Delano Fourth of July Celebration Committee, Inc. is to organize Minnesota’s oldest and largest Fourth of July celebration, which is recognizing its 164th celebration in 2020.

The celebration is planned by a planning committee, with 30 organizations represented, that meets in February, April, and June; and an eight-member board that meets twice a month from January to July, and once a month the remainder of the year.

The event features the parade, baseball tournaments, men’s and women’s softball tournaments, bands for both young and old under the big top (never a cover charge), a family entertainment stage, kiddie parade, childrens’ tractor pull, carnival, fireworks, and much more.

For more information, visit www.delano4th.com, like the celebration on Facebook and follow on Twitter, or call Fourth of July Celebration Committee Chairman Alex Roeser at 763-972-2951.

Delano-Franklin Township Area Historical Society

Established in 1999 to preserve the area’s rich history and educate the public, the Delano/Franklin Township Area Historical Society currently has 30 members which meet the last Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Delano Heritage Center (old library). The society also sponsors an event the first Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Heritage Center or at Delano City Hall. These events are presentations on historic areas, buildings, organizations, or traditional skills. They are open to anyone interested in history.

Individuals may donate items to the museum and/or use the resources to learn about the history in the Delano area, or discover and work on their own family history.

For more information, visit www.DelanoMNHistory.org, like the organization on Facebook, leave a message at 763-257-2963, email jonsteinmetz@live.com, or call 763-257-2963. President: Jon Steinmetz, Vice President: Bob Heltmes, Secretary/Treasurer: Marla Frach.

Delano Helping Hands Food Shelf

Delano Helping Hands food shelf, located in the Delano Community Education building, 140 Elm Ave., Delano, Minnesota  55328.  The food shelf was founded in 1985, and it is supported entirely by volunteer efforts.

The food shelf is open for food distribution each Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and also every third Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.  The organization helps about 50 families on a monthly basis.    Delano Helping Hands is a member of Second Harvest Heartland, a Minneapolis-St. Paul food bank that partners with organizations and volunteers to feed hungry people. Through this partnership, Delano Helping Hands is able to purchase food at a modest price and participate in food rescue programs with local businesses.

The food shelf relies on monetary and food donations for support. These donations come from individuals, area churches, businesses, and civic organizations throughout the community. Through these generous donations, the food shelf is able to continue to serve the hungry in our area.  If anyone is interested in helping at the food shelf, call your local church.  Help us help others.  Choose to donate your time, food, or money.  Every little bit helps. We can all make a difference. If you are in need contact us to learn more on how we can assist you and your family in a way that preserves dignity and respect.

Co-Chairs: Sandy Kremer and Jeanie Pilarski

Phone number:   763-972-4455

Delano Jaycees

The Delano Jaycees were founded in 1981, and currently have about 30 alumni and current members that generally meet the third Tuesday of the month at Dave’s Town Club at 7:30 p.m.

The purpose of the organization is to provide community service, improve members’ leadership abilities, and promote personal growth and professional development.

The Jaycees are active in the community by running projects, helping the citizens, and donating money to the food shelf, local programs, schools, and many other areas of the Delano community.

Special projects or events include the annual sandbox fill in May; spring highway cleanup; golf tournament in September; Toys for Love INC in December; and Puck in the Park in January.

If anyone is interested in joining, or has questions regarding the organization, find the chapter on Facebook, or email President Joey Althoff at althoff.joey@gmail.com.

Delano Lions

Established in 1965 to support community interests and aid sight- and hearing-challenged individuals. The Delano Lions currently has 55 members. The Lions meet the fourth Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. p.m. at Dave’s Town Club.

Special projects include the Delano 4th of July parade, Christmas tree sales, Rib Fest, Relay For Life, and various fundraisers.

The Lions adopt Highway 12 between Hennepin County roads 92 and 90 for ditch cleanup. They also collect used eyeglasses and hearing aids, and donate time and money to various local organizations and people in need. For details on joining, or for more information, contact President Mike Hernandez at rylos17@gmail.com or 630-204-5799.

Delano/Loretto Girl Scouts

Girls Scouts mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.  We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls.  With incredible programming for girls, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure and success.

The Delano/Loretto Service Unit consists of 13 troops, with 119 girls and 49 adults.

For more information, please contact Linda Althoff, Delano/ Loretto Girl Scout Service Unit Manager at lgalthoff@charter.net.  You may also contact the Girl Scouts River Valleys council at 800-845-0787 or girlscouts@girlscoutsrv.org.

Delano Loretto United Way

For more than 50 years, the Delano Loretto Area United Way has been a source of help for people in need. Originally founded as the Delano Community Chest, the United Way is the oldest and farthest reaching charitable organization in the greater Delano and Loretto area.

The Delano Loretto Area United Way is managed by a board of directors comprised of volunteers from the communities, as well as a part-time coordinator, Courtney Olson. United Way conducts an annual fundraising campaign, as well as benefits from in-house business, corporate, and school-giving programs, and civic and fraternal philanthropy.

The organization’s president is Wendy Gilmer; Vice President  Bob Van Lith; Secretary Holly Phipps; and Treasurer Marlene Kittock. Additional board members are Diane Johnson, Kathy Nordling, Darren Schuler, Joe Tipka, Ted May, Mollie Hoese, and Kevin Max. The board is always looking for more members. The coordinator is Courtney Olson.

Delano Senior Singers Choir

The Delano Senior Singers Choir meets at the Delano Senior Center most Tuesdays at 10 a.m.

Singers of every age and ability are invited to lend their voice to the choir.

The group performs at area retirement homes and assisted-living centers, as well as at community events.

Delano Senior Writers’ Club

A story to share, a tale to tell, a dream to explore, a friend to make

Experiences, thoughts, and feelings come to life in the cozy environment of the Delano Senior Center. The writers’ group helps us know ourselves and our community; ages past and times to come are explored by amateur writers in a constructive, supportive environment. Writers’ group meets at 10:30 the first and third Thursdays of each month. We laugh, we cry, we smile and we listen to the exciting adventures and extraordinary narratives of everyday people.

Folks from Delano and surrounding areas have something important to share. The writers’ group is a safe, comfortable place to do that. Whether it’s family memories, school day exploits, heartfelt poetry or the great American novel, you have a friendly, eager audience at the Delano Senior Writers’ Group.

Delano Snowstormers Snowmobile Club

Delano Snowstormers, a local non-profit snowmobile club originally started in the early ‘70s, continues very strong and active.

There are 75 memberships (family and individual) and are members of the Wright County Snowmobile Association, Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association, Delano Area Chamber of Commerce, and has DNR-Certified Youth Snowmobile Safety Instructors.

Club members perform trail maintenance and development each spring and fall to establish trails to local businesses and keep links throughout the county.  Groomer drivers manage grooming of 45 miles of trails with a Wright County Snowmobile Association groomer operated and maintained by Snowstormers, and use a club-owned small groomer for in-town trails. A club shelter nestled in the woods along the scenic trail route provides snowmobilers a break from their ride. Snowstormers appreciate and respect landowners’ private properties as they permit use of their land for snowmobiling. The club takes pride in keeping trail systems maintained and safe for all to ride.

Snowstormers participate in community events and organize special club events, will host their annual silent auction fundraiser Dec. 5, will conduct youth snowmobile safety training on Jan. 9, 2021 and schedule club rides as trail conditions allow during the snowmobiling season.

Come to Delano/Wright County and enjoy the great snowmobile trails. Trail maps are available at local businesses throughout the county.

New members are always welcome.  Club meetings are at 7:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month at the Delano American Legion.  For more information call 952-955-2894 or visit delanosnowstormers.com.

Delano Sportsmen’s Club

The Delano Sportsmen’s Club was founded in 1898 as the Delano Gun Club. In those days, the club was made up of the community elite, and activities consisted mostly of hunting raccoons, and training dogs. Trap shooting soon became one of the club’s major activities, as well.

As the years went by, it became evident that conservation of the environment and wildlife was necessary to preserve the community’s heritage and future well-being, so the club gradually became involved in activities promoting this. The club was largely responsible for governmental action prohibiting the unregulated dumping by industries and others into the Crow River.

In 1937, the club changed its name to the Delano Sportsmen’s Club, as a broader membership base was desired. With the building of the new clubhouse in 1974, the new traphouse in 1985, and constant improvement of the range facilities, including the shooting shelter in 1987 and ongoing significant noise abatement , the organization has grown to more than 500 members. The club purchased the 75-acre farm just west of the club house and is constructing trapshooting ranges on a portion of the land.

Some projects of the club include winter feeding of pheasants, raising pheasant chicks for restocking, annual planting of evergreen tree plots for habitat improvement, a firearm safety course, a bowhunter safety course, an advanced firearms safety course, and a members-only turkey shoot and fishing contest.

The club also hosts the Delano High School trapshooting team and provides financial support to many organizations, including the National Wildlife Federation, Minnesota Conservation Federation, Freshwater Society, TIP, and many others.

The club financed, as well as provided labor for the new public access on Lake Sarah and Dean Lake.

The president of the club is Tom Delaney. Meetings are the last Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the clubhouse. Lunch is provided after each meeting. For more information or to join, call Joe and Jan Kittok at (763) 972-2989. Dues are $150 per year, with the opportunity to reduce that to $50 through work projects around the club and volunteering for shifts at the Fourth of July Celebration.

Delano United Diversity Task Force

The Delano United Diversity Task Force is a campaign in the Delano community to combat discrimination and spark conversations around issues of diversity and inclusion. The task force organizes public events, including: community book reads, speakers, meetings, and more. The task force is a volunteer-driven organization and new faces are always welcome. All meetings take place at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of every other month at the Delano Senior Center (234 Second St. N.). Call Nick Neaton at 763 972-0574 for more information.

Friends of the Delano Library

The Friends of the Delano Library was founded in 1984, and currently has 20 members. It meets monthly at the Delano Public Library, on the third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Call the library at (763) 972-3467 to confirm meeting dates and times since they may change. The group is always looking for new members so please consider joining.

The purpose of the organization is to promote the library’s programs, and provide volunteer and monetary assistance to ongoing programs. The organization helps to encourage community awareness of the library, by hosting events and providing media communications.

Special projects and events include the annual spring book sale in April, supporting the summer children’s programs with treats and volunteers, October art/photo/fiber art exhibit, numerous special events and author visits, supporting the January adult winter reading program with incentives and prizes, and facilitating a quilt exhibit in February.

If you are interested in joining or volunteering, or have more questions, visit the library and find more information and membership forms on the Friends of the Library bulletin board found near the community bulletin board at the end of the hallway in the library.

General Federated Women’s Club of Delano

The General Federated Women’s Club of Delano was founded April 24, 1968. The club currently has 15 members, and meets the second Monday of the month, September through April, at the Delano Public Library, with a Club special event at an offsite location to install new members in May.

GFWC’s motto is “Unity in Diversity.” Its purpose is to provide a channel through which women can best realize their own capabilities, and make a valuable contribution of service to the community.

Past projects include several renovations to the Delano Public Library, began volunteer recycling and supported city-wide recycling, equipped a neighborhood park with playground equipment, constructed a gazebo in the park, completed a walking path connecting downtown to the schools, and completed a walkway from the street to the gazebo, city beautification efforts, supported M.E.A.D.A., contributed to the ECFE playground equipment project, supported the Delano Middle School auditorium refurbishment, and raised funds for development of Riverfront Park and the splash pad. Most recently, the club provided the funds for the purchase of an aquatic wheelchair so all members of the community can safely enjoy the splash pad.

In 2019, the club partnered with Delano High School National Honor Society students on a safe driving campaign.

Ongoing projects include the summer Concerts in the Park series, a card marathon, supporting the Anna Marie shelter, promoting the awareness and prevention of domestic violence which often lead to homelessness. Proceeds from fundraisers including the Citizen of the Year Banquet and singing telegrams are used to fund community improvement projects. In addition, the club sponsors a Delano area student to attend Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership training, Delano Athletics, Delano Area Scholarship Association, Delano Estates, Old-Fashioned Christmas, Operation Nice (troop support), Operation Smile, Relay for Life, Ronald McDonald House, St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic School and USO’s Operation Phone Home.

Officers through May 14, 2020 are Presidents Jennifer Halverson (annual reports), Marlene Kittock (public events) and Chris Brazelton (meetings), First Vice President Jeanie Pilarski, Second Vice President Pat Sawatzke, Secretary Lisa Blodgett, Treasurer Marge Barfknecht, Publicity Coordinators Jeanie Pilarski and Chris Brazelton, and Historian Lorraine Statema.  New officers will be inducted in May, 2020 for the next biennium.

If anyone is interested in joining, ordering a singing telegram or has more questions, contact Pat Sawatzke at 763-222-6144 or 763-972-3939.

Knights of Columbus Immaculate Conception Council 4653

The Knights of Columbus Council 4653 was founded Dec. 8, 1958, and currently has 152 members, which meet the third Tuesday of the month at 6:45pm at St. Peter Church. It is affiliated with the Fraternal Organization of Catholic Gentlemen, associated with Fourth Degree 2649 Christ the King Assembly of Buffalo, and Nicollet Assembly 526 of Minneapolis.

The purpose of the organization is to defend the Catholic faith; protect widows and orphans; and perform acts of faith, hope, and charity.

Special projects or events include the annual Tootsie Roll Drive, which raises funds for programs for the mentally challenged and for local activities in the churches and communities, supporting St. Maximillian Kolbe Catholic School, religious education programs and the college ministry program.

If anyone is interested in joining, or has questions regarding the organization, call Steve Hanlon at 952-934-8270 or Kevin Otto at 612-867-7890.

Love INC-Heartland

Love INC – Heartland, Love In the Name of Christ, is a shared Christian ministry of more than 40 area churches working together to help people in need. Love INC serves Delano, Dasssel, Cokato, Independence, Loretto, Greenfield, Rockford, Mayer, Montrose, Howard Lake, Waverly, Watertown, Corcoran, Winsted and Maple Plain. We have two Thrift Stores serving people in need and selling to the public to support the ministry. The locations of the stores are 318 Railroad Avenue, Delano (Hours: Monday – Thursday 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m.-noon) and 801 Highway 12 in Howard Lake (Hours: Thursday and Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.). In 2019, more than 4,000 needs were met through more than 12,000 volunteer hours.

Financial donations and items in good condition are always welcome and a vital part of our sustainability of our ministry in helping those in need. Furniture donations are welcomed and can be dropped off at either location (Delano or Howard Lake). Furniture donations cannot have holes, stains, bad scratches, odors or pet damage. Contact our store manager with any questions at 763-972-6547, option 2.

Love INC – Heartland practices a form of redemptive compassion which is a catalyst for transformation in the lives of those who receive help. Rather than sustaining people in need, the organization desires to help them reach their full potential in Christ. Participants in Fresh learn life skills to become more self-sufficient. All of our classes are open to the public.  Contact Lisa at 763-972-6547, option 3 for more information.

The annual spring Love INC Gala fundraiser dinner will take place from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at Medina Entertainment Center. You won’t want to miss an evening of hilarity from the improv group, Slap Happy! The silent auction begins at 4 p.m. followed by dinner, knee-slapping entertainment and a message of Jesus’ love, hope, and healing spread by Love INC in the community. Tickets are $55. Call 763-972-6547 for more information.

Prayer, monetary contributions and volunteers both in Delano and Howard Lake are needed and appreciated to continue to help neighbors in our community reach their full potential. Please call 763-972-6547, option 3 for more information.

Thank you for all of your support.  God bless you and this generous community.

Love INC – Heartland is a local 501 (c)(3) non-profit agency more than 80 percent of every dollar donated goes directly to programs and people in need.

Visit the webpage www.loveincheartland.org for more information.  Like our Facebook page to stay up to date on all of the on-going sales at www.facebook.com/Love-INC-Heartland-Love-in-the-Name-of-Christ.

Rock from the Heart

Rock from the Heart, a nonprofit organization focused on heart health education and awareness programs, was founded in 2018 by Delano residents Pete and Amy Johnson after Pete survived aortic aneurysm and aortic valve replacement surgery.

The mission is to help the newly diagnosed along the journey from diagnosis to recovery.  Rock from the Heart reaches out to the community through music, connecting survivors, medical professionals and other affected by aortic disease.

Rock from the Heart organizes heart disease education and awareness programs with a primary focus on aortic health. Aortic disease is often known as a “silent killer” and most thoracic aortic aneurysms are discovered incidentally when the patient is being treated for another condition. Aortic valve disease, aortic aneurysms, and aortic dissections are potentially life-threatening conditions if not diagnosed in time. But with greater awareness and education of doctors, emergency medical technicians, emergency room workers, and patients, lives can be saved.

To learn more, visit the website www.rockfromtheheart.org, email office@rockfromtheheart.org, or call 763-331-8282.

Special Olympics of Minnesota Delano Community Team

Special Olympics provides a year-round program of sports training and competition for people with mental disabilities that contribute to lifelong physical fitness, personal growth, and achievement.  The competitions are patterned after the Olympics games and are held annually at the area, state, national, and world level.  In addition to the athletic competitions, these games and tournaments include Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the lighting of the Special Olympics Flame of Hope, victory dances, and a variety of cultural activities.  Athletes age 8 years old and up are eligible for training and competition. The Delano Special Olympics team competes in bowling, basketball, swimming, track and field, and bocce. For more information, contact Andrea MacLean at (763) 972-3400.

The 221 Common House

The 221 Common House, located at 221 Second St. N., is a place where members and friends can explore; nurture; and express values and emerging ideas by coming together to either create or enjoy music and performance, art and craft, poetry and prose, food and drink. Visit www.the221.org for more information.

Toastmasters International

Tri-County Toastmasters is a local club of Toastmasters International, whose mission is to empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. In pursuit of that mission, the education program and projects have recently been redesigned to provide a more individualized experience with real-world, transferable skills. All materials and much of the learning are now digital and online with optional print materials available.

Anyone who is interested may attend a meeting and will find a positive, supportive learning environment. Interested members have the opportunity to pursue district leadership and to compete in a variety of speech contests. Proven developmental techniques ensure that even the most inexperienced beginner can be successful.

Tri-County Toastmasters started in Delano in 1971, rechartered in 1982, and eventually moved to Watertown. The club meets at 6:45 a.m. every Friday at Watertown City Hall. All adults age 18 and older are eligible for membership and those under 18 are welcome to participate in learning better communication and leadership skills. Tri-County has about 20 members.

Our members would love to help you meet your communication and leadership goals! Contact us at tricountytm@gmail.com and/or visit our website at 5053.toastmastersclubs.org. You can also find us on Facebook by searching for Tri-County Toastmasters.